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Colonisation and old law behind appalling Maori child state welfare - NZNO
Colonisation and the legacy of archaic British law were the starting points for our modern child welfare system that is inherently racist and disadvantages Maori in particular, the Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference was told today.

Midwife and Maori health advocate Jean Te Huia took conference attendees on an historical journey from colonisation through to the present day about child welfare law and its impact on Maori.

She said early New Zealand simply adopted England’s poor and vagrancy laws which saw many parents locked away and their children becoming wards of the state. This systemic approach was applied mostly to indigenous populations in New Zealand, Canada and Australia and has continued into the modern era.....

Hobson's Pledge tries to roll Tauranga land return
A Tauranga Māori historian says the council needs to stand up to a campaign by Don Brash's Hobson's Pledge group trying to overturn a decision to return a block of land to Māori.

Buddy Mikaere says the council had agreed to return a section next to the historic Elms Mission Station on Te Papa peninsula to a trust representing Ngāti Tapu and his own Ngāi Tamarāwaho hapū.

But with elections looming, some councillors called for the proposal to go out for public submissions, and after initial strong support Hobson's Pledge sent out a call for it to be opposed.....

Ihumātao's 8-year-old Māori warden
Korus Tawha is eight - and the youngest Māori warden at Ihumātao.

Every day after school Korus volunteers at the protest site, working until 10pm.

"I take care of my whānau, I take care of the Māori wardens - walk around and get them drinks; direct traffic on the road," he told Te Karere.

Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples critical to language
The two complementary strategies that give effect to this active partnership—the Maihi Māori and Maihi Karauna – work together to ensure that te reo is a thriving, living language, and a normal part of New Zealand culture and society.

This will culminate in a national summit which will put the spotlight on te reo Māori as part of the UNESCO 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages,” says Minister Mahuta.....

Winston Peters calls for Māoridom to change to end Oranga Tamariki uplifts
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Māoridom must address issues of abuse towards children and women instead of accusing Oranga Tamariki of institutional racism.

"Oranga Tamariki is being accused of institutional racism for uplifting Māori children from their parents. Social workers are being harassed and threatened," he said.

"The children uplifted from these circumstances are being called 'New Zealand's own stolen generation'. That is an insult to the Aboriginal Australian experience. An utter and total insult."

But while Peters said "the odd [uplift] went wrong", Māori children aren't just randomly pulled from their families.

"The facts are that these children are being uplifted because they face perilous dangerous situations.

More re-offending but less harm from marae-based justice scheme
A report, 'Iwi community justice panels reduce harm from re-offending', was published last month in the NZ Journal of Social Sciences.

It found 74 per cent of panel participants went on to commit another crime, compared to 60 per cent of a control group (matched by age, gender, ethnicity, prior history of offending and location). The participants also had significantly more post-panel offences.

The research says the result would be interpreted as a failure of the panels.

The study concludes iwi panels are therefore an effective alternative justice resolution process, because they reduce the harm caused by reoffending.

"You can't just look at how much they're offending but the type of offending they're undertaking. It's a big change.".......

Northland avocado growers seek urgent appeal hearing
A group of avocado growers granted consents to draw water from the largest wetland in Northland is seeking an urgent court hearing to challenge an appeal against the consent.

Commissioners appointed by the Northland Regional Council last year granted consents to the group, with a raft of conditions, to take around 2 million cubic metres of water
annually from the Aupouri aquifer to nourish 600ha of new avocado orchards at Houhora, Motutangi and Waiharara.

Burgoyne represents the Te Taumatua Ngati Kuri Research Unit based in Mangonui and is seeking to overturn NRC's decision to grant the consents by relying on issues relating to the Treaty of Waitangi and the Regional Policy Statement....

Maori nationalist parties exploit Ihumātao protest
In recent weeks the New Zealand media has given intense media coverage to an occupation led by Maori activists protesting against a proposed property development at a historic archaeological site on the Ihumātao Peninsula in South Auckland.

While it is legitimate to oppose the destruction of an important archeological site, the protest organisers have exploited the issue to promote Maori nationalism. This in turn has been taken up by the media right at the point when major struggles of workers and young people have erupted.

The latter two Maori nationalist parties are seeking to use the protest to make a political comeback after failing to win a single seat in the 2017 election. Their program, based on demands for increased government payments to tribal capitalists, and discrimination against immigrants, is deeply unpopular in the Maori working class.

Harawira entered the Ihumātao protest campsite on July 28 accompanying Brian and Hannah Tamaki, leaders of the fundamentalist Destiny Church. The Tamakis recently founded a far-right, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant party, with support from Mana.

Matthew Tukaki from the Maori Council, a state-funded organisation representing tribal business interests, openly declared that the proposed housing development showed the need to slash immigration.

Tukaki has also pointed to one of the underlying mercenary aims of Maori nationalist leaders. Speaking on Radio NZ on August 6, he warned of more protests and occupations, unless the law is changed so that privately-owned land can be acquired by the government and given to Maori tribes.....

Māori engagement on water makes history
Auckland Council’s recent water future consultation saw the highest levels of Māori engagement on any council consultation; 18 per cent of the more than 7000 submissions received were from people identifying as Māori.

Auckland Waters Portfolio Manager, Andrew Chin says the high response rate reflects the strong interest Māori communities have in water.

“The responses reflected the breadth of ways in which Māori relate to water – as a food source, as a tupuna, as a space for recreation, as a life-sustaining force for all things.”.....

Auckland Council rezones land bordering Ihumātao
Auckland Council has agreed to add almost nine hectares to the Ōtuataua Stonefields Reserve, which borders the land at Ihumātao.

It's among the 233 hectares the council's Planning Committee has decided to rezone to public open space in the city.

The 8.9 hectare land had been zoned for future urban development.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff told Morning Report rezoning the land was the council's gesture towards find a resolution at Ihumātao.

"It's council-owned land so there was no problem in rezoning it, there was no extra cost to the ratepayer, 9 hectares of land is a significant size piece of land, it adds to the Stonefields area and it says look we recognise this area is important, it's the area that's probably the oldest inhabited area in the whole of Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau and that is something that we can put on the table...".....

First person: Te reo Māori is simple in comparison to English
First Person: RNZ journalist Te Aniwa Hurihanganui was about to catch a plane home from Auckland when an Air New Zealand worker saw her name on her passport and asked, how on earth did you spell that as a kid? As she explains, it wasn't the first time.

It was the same bustling, frantic, reo-less scene when I arrived at Auckland Airport today. I may have only been a five-minute drive from Ihumātao, but it was an Air New Zealand worker's comment that reminded me just how far away I was.
Upon checking the name on my passport, the worker asked me: "How on earth did you spell that as a kid?"

Air New Zealand has since apologised on behalf of the worker......

Hawke's Bay iwi snap up port shares
Four of the eligible iwi groups have received a priority allocation of shares in Napier Port, along with 90 percent of eligible port employees and a large number of Hawke's Bay locals.

The final price of $2.60 a share was at the top of the indicative price range for the initial public offer.

Napier Port chair Alasdair MacLeod says when it lists on August 20 the company will be 90 percent New Zealand owned.....

Kaupapa Maori programmes for schools hosted on all Massey Uni campuses
Te Manu Taika concluded at the Wellington campus this month, having hosted the kaupapa Maori programme for years 12 and 13 secondary schools pupils earlier in the year at the Manawatu and Auckland campuses.

Maori recruitment adviser Tania Jahnke says it was an opportunity to host a one-day event on each campus for local Maori secondary pupils to examine cultural leadership and identity in the educational setting.

Maraea Golias, from Wellington Girls’ College, says, "It was great seeing how much support Massey gives Maori students and how much Te ao Maori is included at Massey."....

Iwi consultation on Kermadecs 'rushed and superficial' - Chris Finlayson on previous National Govt
Former Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has criticised the Government he was part of for what he calls "inadequate consultation" with Māori over the stalled Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary and other decisions affecting Māori.

He hints that there were very flawed processes undertaken within government to reach the decisions over the Kermadec sanctuary.

"In my years in office I often found that consultation with iwi was flawed – invariably rushed and superficial, often telling people what is going to happen rather than actually consult them.".....

Ihumātao: Why Ardern and the Government couldn't order police out
Calls for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern or the Government to remove police from Ihumātao displayed a dangerous misunderstanding of a concept underpinning New Zealand democracy, a legal expert says.

Dr Bill Hodge said the suggestion the PM or even Police Minister Stuart Nash could direct police to pull out of a protest site was misguided.

He said the New Zealand Government should be careful not to meddle with the independence of police.

The oath, sworn in English or Māori, involved a person swearing to serve the Queen and her heirs and successors "without favour or affection, malice or ill-will".....

World Indigenous People's Day: Maori blood speaks from the land - Destiny Church
Destiny Church Leader Bishop Brian Tamaki says, "Maori and Indigenous peoples have suffered deeply from colonisation over the years, stripping them of their land, their way of life, culture, esteem and freedom! These violations, committed on all Indigenous First Peoples, unfortunately left a deep-wound that begins a bloodline curse through unresolved injustices, crying through the generations, for liberation and healing.

"After invasion from the colonisers, and many violations and injustices committed, our people were left in poverty, with loss of dignity and Mana, plagued with diseases; suffering from social, emotional, physical and spiritual abuse. Destructive addictions, crime, prisons, unemployment, and family breakdown, are the evidence of the Colonial Curse inflicted on our Indigenous Peoples......

New Māori and Indian street names in Puketāpapa
Three new roads in Hillsborough have been newly created due to a subdivision development. Puketāpapa Local Board has adopted two Māori names - Karakia Lane meaning to recite ritual chants, say grace, pray, recite a prayer, chant, and Anahera Lane meaning angle – and one Indian name - Prakash Lane, meaning bright light.

Using Māori names for roads, buildings and other public places is an opportunity to publicly demonstrate Māori identity. This is encouraged in the Auckland Plan too as Māori identity is Auckland’s point of difference in the world......

Māori partnership essential as abuse inquiry changes head
The outgoing chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions says preliminary work as exposed how much the problem of historic abuse was a Māori problem.

"One of the big themes in the middle is the partnership, the actual partnership that must occur strongly with the Māori dimension in the country and that’s what we have been working on, engaging with Māori a direct fashion, and we have had good pick-up," Sir Anand says.....

Nurses conference to put ‘fire in the belly’ for Army of Māori Nurses
The Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference begins at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland tomorrow. NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku says the conference will be unique in that it is Māori-run and about maintaining the authenticity and integrity of Tikanga throughout. But she says most of all it will be empowering.

The theme of the conference is ‘Raising an Army of Māori Nurses’, which harks back to words spoken by Māori politician Apirana Ngata early in the 20th Century, who called for just such an army.....

Buddy Mikaere talks to Dale Husband
A Western Bay of Plenty councillor and mayoral candidate is trying to block land being returned to Maori after it was sold by missionaries who never owned it in the first place....... 

Meng Foon labels councillor's comments about Māori "disparaging"
Council agreed in principle to gift the Mission Street site, formerly Māori land, to the Otamataha Trust which would, in turn, offer The Elms heritage site a peppercorn rent of $1 a year for at least 100 years to keep using it.

Murray-Benge said that agreement would mean Maori could "demand every piece of land" in her city.

Murray-Benge says the land should be transferred to the Elms Foundation Trust and not doing so would be "fraud" from Council as it was also planned for it form part of the future development of the Elms site......

Ihumātao: These are the possible solutions for bringing the stand-off to an end
Auckland Council could purchase the land at Ihumātao to help resolve a stand-off at the sacred Māori site.

The Government could buy the land too, although experts fear a Crown purchase would set a costly and controversial precedent.

It's possible that Fletcher Building could gift Ihumātao to the mana whenua without money changing hands.

The Fletcher development might proceed, but not until all parties have thrashed the issue out.....

Multiple campaigns declare crisis for Māori rights
New Zealand’s Indigenous rights record is being called to account from
numerous campaigns following weeks of flashpoints around the nation.
Campaign leaders are citing a lack of government leadership and
protection around Māori land alienation, state removal of children,
and water pollution as indications that the Māori nation are “under
threat from the deeply entrenched colonial racism of the New Zealand

Ihumātao protest: Police presence to be reduced, says Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha
Police will be reducing their numbers at Ihumātao following the tensions of Monday night.

Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha visited the camp site on Thursday, taking a walk around the camp and meeting with protest leaders.

Haumaha said they plan to reduce the number of officers at the site, while increasing the number of Māori wardens to keep everyone safe.....

Protesters held signs that read "Jacinda = Traitor", "All colonisers are b*st*rds",
Protesters held signs that read "Jacinda = Traitor", "All Colonisers Are B*st*rds", and "No Profit from Stolen Land" at the demonstation.

Marama Davidson, co-leader of the Green Party, stood in the crowd alongside Green MPs Golriz Ghahraman and Gareth Hughes.....

Crown Forests return to Rangitane Iwi
Rangitane Ta Mai Ra Trust - the Post Settlement Governance entity for the Rangitane Treaty Claims, have regained possession of three former Crown Forestry Blocks - Castlehill, Tinui and the Waihora portion of Whareama. The return of the Ngaumu forests represents the most significant property transaction in the Ta Mai Ra settlement at nearly 6,000 hectares

At present Ta Mai Ra are seeking interest from their iwi membership to access these blocks for hunting. Any whanau hunters who are registered with the iwi can apply. You can register by contacting info@tumaira.iwi.nz or 0800 Tu Mai Ra (88-624-72).....

Research looks to improve neonatal care experiences for Māori
Research led by Victoria University of Wellington academics that aims to improve the care provided to Māori families in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) has had a Health Research Council funding boost.

To address this issue, Dr Stevenson and her fellow researchers have proposed a new care pathway for neonatal intensive care units. This pathway builds on existing care processes to address the difficulties faced by Māori families, with a strong focus on instilling whakawhanaunga through NICU policies and practices......

Partial review of Conservation and National Parks coming
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage and the New Zealand Conservation Authority have directed the Department of Conservation (DOC) to undertake partial reviews of the Conservation General Policy and the General Policy for National Parks, to give better effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The direction is in response to the recent Supreme Court decision in Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, a case which examined the way DOC considered Treaty principles when it granted two commercial tour concessions on Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands.

“Improving the way Treaty principles are considered in conservation decisions is also a priority for the New Zealand Conservation Authority,” says the Authority chairperson, Edward Ellison.....

Government 'abandons construction industry'
Government has demonstrated its contempt for developers and the construction industry in its handling of the Ihumatao protest.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has this morning tried to simplify this issue, suggesting it is about talks between Maori who are seeking a "for Maori by Maori solution." She has said the Government’s role is to support talks taking place.

"In this message the government has distanced itself from its legal obligations to protect private land ownership, and has thereby created far reaching uncertainty for all construction companies committing to land development," says Leighton Baker, New Conservative leader......

Ihumātao protest movement has 'based its campaign on misinformation' – iwi advocate
Tensions at disputed site Ihumātao have "lifted the cauldron on Māori dissatisfaction", an iwi advocate says.

Pita Turei said: "The first thing we need to understand is that a million-and-a-half people in New Zealand live on stolen land", adding that we "can't change the rule book without a wider discussion"......

New name, new visitor centre for Wanganui's Bushy Park
Wanganui's Bushy Park has a new name ahead of the opening on a new visitor centre in September.

The combined forest sanctuary and historic homestead is now Bushy Park Tarapuruhi - with tarapuruhi meaning "place of abundant bird life".....

Racist undertones in submissions on prospect of land being gifted back to Tauranga iwi
A Western Bay of Plenty councillor and mayoral candidate is trying to block land being returned to Māori after it was sold by missionaries who never owned it in the first place.

Margaret Murray-Benge says giving 11 Mission Street, in Tauranga, to the Otamataha Trust, who represent Ngāti Tapu and Ngāi Tamarāwaho, to right a historical wrong should not occur as Māori cannot be trusted to keep their word.

The Trust plans to lease the land to neighbouring heritage building society, The Elms, at a peppercorn rent of $1 per year for the next 100 years.

But Murray-Benge says if the transfer goes through Māori would "demand every piece of land in Tauranga".....

Little rules out law change to allow return of privately owned land to Māori
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little is ruling out a law change to open up private land for return to Māori in treaty settlements.

The protest has driven calls for the return of confiscated lands to Māori but many MMP's refuse to say where they stand on the issue

But that's not how it works. The Waitangi Tribunal can't legally order the Crown to acquire or return private land that was confiscated to Māori.

It is at the discretion of the government whether to consider negotiating for the return of private lands, but it generally does not.

Some Māori leaders have spoken out that the rule is unfair and needs to go, but the Minister Andrew Little said that's not going to happen.

"I don't ever see a time where we would pass a law that says the Waitangi Tribunal can make orders in relation to privately owned land," he said.

"That would be a hornets nest that no-ones going to bite off."

He said in short, the Crown cannot return what it no longer owns......

Calls for government to allow return of privately owned land to Māori
The government is being urged to revoke a law that prevents Māori from getting their confiscated land back if it has moved into private ownership.

Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki said the law needed to be revoked.

"Ihumātao is just going to be one of the first sites that our people are making a stand on. It wouldn't surprise me if Shelly Bay down in Wellington is going to be the next.

"There are sites around the Gate Pā area in Tauranga ... it wouldn't surprise me if there was going to be a protest at some point."....

Crown sidelined as king enters Ihumātao row
Māori-Crown Relationships Minister Kelvin Davis hopes the intervention of the Kiingitanga can bring some resolution to the stand off at Ihumātao

Kiingi Tuheitia visited Ihumātao on Saturday and invited the parties to meet at Hopuhopu later in the week.

Kelvin Davis says a lot of discussion led up to that point, and he hopes it will continue in a similar positive vein.

He's not sure what role if any the Government will play.

"That's up to the participants really. We're told as the crown to stay out of Māori issues.

Māori have sought a Māori-focused resolution and I really welcome that. That is the way it should be and the crown comes in if and when we're invited," he says.....

The legal threat and the big opportunity in Māori engagement on climate change response
As local councils respond to the effects of climate change, they'll need to properly consider Māori interests, new research warns. Treaty breaches and litigation will follow if they don't. Carmen Parahi reports.

The Waitangi Tribunal has already found the RMA is not fully Treaty compliant, says Iorns. A local council could make a decision that complies with the RMA but still violates Māori interests and breaches the Treaty.

"At the moment, local councils are not treated as being liable as Treaty partners, that falls to the Crown.

"Therefore, local councils could be making decisions that create problems for the Crown for modern Treaty breaches.".....

Teuila Fuatai: Nasty criticism surfaces at Ihumātao
The evolving media coverage of the protest at Ihumātao tells an interesting story.

As those backing the protest group Soul (Save Our Unique Landscape) prepare for a third week of occupation, negotiations involving interested parties continue.

King Tūheitia's visit to the disputed site at the weekend was a significant achievement for Soul. Until then, the group's objections to the planned Fletcher housing development had not been publicly acknowledged by the Kingitanga — despite its location on the northern edge of the Waikato-Tainui rohe......
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Labour MP vents on Ihumātao: 'Back-room deals must stop'
The Government has talked to other iwi about the possibility of the Crown buying back disputed land as a way to break the Ihumātao deadlock, Labour MP Peeni Henare says.

But the suggestion was rebuffed, with other tribes threatening to re-litigate their Treaty of Waitangi settlements if the buy-back plan went ahead, according to Henare.......

Government spends $10 million on Ngāpuhi over 10 years
The government has spent more than $10 million of taxpayer money trying - and failing - to get Northland iwi Ngāpuhi to enter into treaty settlement negotiations since 2009.

Figures obtained under the Official Information Act show its latest attempt to establish a new mandate - which was voted down by hapū in December last year - cost $1.4 million.

The total of $10,188,633 spent over a decade excludes Te Puni Kōkiri costs, Te Arawhiti permanent staff costs, and funding of staff working in the Treaty Settlement Office......

Ihumātao protest: Jacinda Ardern has 'no intention' to visit site
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she has "no intention" to visit the Ihumātao protest site at this stage.

Ardern wouldn't rule out the Government purchasing the land, but said that was a hypothetical at the moment.....

Ihumātao protesters move past frontline: ‘We’re in for the long haul'
Occupiers have moved down Ihumātao Quarry Road about 50m over the weekend, past the previous police-guarded frontline and the police headquarters onsite.

A handful of tents have been set up in a previously-blocked field, breaching a line that a dozen or so officers were holding earlier last week. There are now only two officers at that line.

Previously the front line had been at the top of the road, about 50 metres away. However, the police said there was never an agreement for people to walk up the maunga.....

Māori Party casting for direction forward
President Che Wilson says the 5 percent threshold is too high at this time, so that path involves winning a seat, with Te Tai Hauāuru or Waiariki the best prospects.

While the Greens' conference at the weekend was unsettled by a debate over the party was becoming too centrist, he says his party is only concerned about being Māori.

"Whether it’s left or right, that’s not a Māori way of seeing politics. That’s a Pākehā way of seeing politics and we’re just focusing on being the Māori voice that doesn’t need to ask permission from anyone else to be Māori, to celebrate being Māori, and not to focus on universalism or trying to give an equal share to everyone," Mr Wilson says......

Rent to Buy does nothing when it comes to Maori housing
“What we would like to see is every one of our people owning their own home – free of the rental market.” Said Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of the Maori Council.

For Maori what would work is a national Maori Housing Authority where we could begin really taking a look at the ownership structure of Maori land, the business and capital case for building more homes and houses as well as more targeted forms of co-investment into building the housing base.” Tukaki said

“By pulling everything under a Maori Housing Authority, including the Papakainga investments, we can also look at the shift of housing stock currently owned by the Crown into iwi or hapu ownership.....

Ihumātao: Auckland councillors call for reduced police presence
Two Auckland city councillors say an increased police presence at Ihumātao has run roughshod over the prime minister's commitment to enter peaceful and honest talks with protesters.

Councillor Efeso Collins said he was disappointed and saddened.

"The police presence is a complete overkill, it's unjustified," he said.

Councillor Cathy Casey said the council unanimously supported a motion to bring all parties together to facilitate a peaceful outcome and the prime minister was also seeking a negotiated settlement.

"We call on the government to show good faith in their commitment to resolving the crisis by reducing the police presence," she said.....

Iwi corrects New Zealand Geographic Board
Ohakune-based iwi Ngāti Rangi has corrected the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) on their recent incorrect spelling of Ohakune as “Ōhakune”.

Chairman Che Wilson said he was shocked and disappointed that the NZGB failed to consult with Ngāti Rangi during the name change process.

“Ohakune has an important meaning to us as Ngāti Rangi and to our communities. The NZGB need to consult with all of us before making ill-informed decisions.”

Armed Police at Ihumātao is history repeating itself
‘Armed Police at Ihumātao is history repeating itself’ The Māori Party condemns the actions of armed Police who attempted to block Ihumātao protectors from access to the maunga to conduct waerea, karakia and waiata today.

“What is the state of relations between tangata whenua and the State when peaceful whenua protectors are subjected to the terror of Police bearing arms?”....

Social licence to develop Ihumātao lost
A leader of Save Our Unique Landscape says Fletcher has lost the social licence to build at Ihumātao.

"I think it's been made clear Fletchers has lost the social licence to build. What we have seen around the motu has been a huge awakening of what has been happening here at Ihumātao in terms of the bigger picture of what the people of Ihumātao have had to face around the desecration of the awa, the moana, the maunga and all of those sorts of things," she says……

Complex health system harms Māori outcomes
University of Auckland experts are blaming a complex and fragmented health system for compounding the inequalities Māori and other groups are experiencing in access to care and health outcomes.

They recommend a major overhaul, including a far greater focus on prevention and tackling the underlying drivers of health inequities, such as housing, institutional racism, and food and alcohol industries.

They also want to see Māori groups to lead and govern indigenous health services......

Te Mata Peak park application sent back over failure to consult with tangata whenua properly
But the council has returned the trust's application because it failed to include various pieces of information. One of these was the detail showing there had been genuine and meaningful consultation with tangata whenua.

"Consultation means a little bit more than ringing someone and asking 'what do you think?'. It's not a difficult procedure, but it has to be done properly. I've always told them that in light of what happened we would need to go through the correct process. I'd need to take it back to our people and see what they think. That hasn't occurred," MacDonald said......

Marae at risk of being 'totally consumed by rising sea'
Mrs Tumahai said the symposium was an important step for the iwi in its commitment to addressing the growing threat of climate change.

"Many of our marae are found in low-lying, coastal areas and as such are at risk of coastal erosion and in some cases, of being totally consumed by rising sea levels in the coming years....

Ihumātao: Protesters accept Kiingitanga's offer to host hui
Those against a development at Ihumātao have accepted the Kiingitanga's offer to host a hui for all mana whenua to find a resolution.

"The Kiingitanga is here for all mana whenua. The issues are complex, which is why all mana whenua have been invited.

The government nor Fletcher building will be part of the hui (meeting).

The Kiingitanga have suggested meeting before 14 August.....

King Tūheitia visits Ihumātao
Wilson stated, “you couldn’t help but cry as you heard the shared history, blow by blow, as you reflected on the Crowns deliberate attempts to eliminate the people of Ihumātao and all of Tainui as staunch supporters of the Kīngitanga.”

However, the government must front up and pay to seek resolution as the Crown created this mess.” says Wilson....

NZ Maori Council calls on National Leader to apologize; Reminds National it failed Maori
NZ Maori Council calls on National Leader to apologize; Reminds National it failed Maori

“Across the parties, and moving forward, we need to strengthen Maori Crown relations and our focus must be around hope, aspiration and opportunity for our people ....”

Hauora Coalition expands reach into Waikato
The National Hauora Coalition will double its enrolled population to more than 200,000 patients by bringing another 23 general practices under the Primary Health Organisation.

This includes an increase of Māori enrolled patients from 18,000 to 42,000.

Seventeen practices in Waikato and six in Waitematā will join in October, adding to the 30 practices the coalition now services in Auckland, Counties- Manukau, Waikato and Whanganui District Health Boards.

"We are very conscious around Māori values, tikanga Māori. We are very conscious around Māori preferences, Māori aspirations. It is a very explicit part of our charter and it is a crucial and important part of the advancement of Māori industry interests in primary care which I hope over the next 10 years will grow," he says.......

Government funding boost as Ahuwhenua embraces horticulture
Government funding for the Ahuwhenua Trophy will increase as the competition expands to include horticulture.

Part of the sponsorship will include 12,000 tree seedlings supplied by the Minginui Nursery, and made possible through the One Billion Trees Programme.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta told delegates at today’s Horticulture New Zealand conference in Hamilton that Māori are now major players in the horticultural sector, producing at least 10 percent of the annual kiwifruit crop, as well as avocados and berries as rapidly expanding crops.....

Meng Foon, te reo Māori speaker, race relations commissioner
Now, 59-year-old Foon hopes to use that ability to immerse himself in other cultures in his new role of Race Relations Commissioner.

Where better to start, you might think, than making te reo compulsory in schools. Foon reckons all primary school children should learn Māori,

From the wars, land confiscations and cultural suppression endured by Māori to the poll tax and discrimination suffered by the Chinese immigrants who came before him.

Kīngitanga flag raised at Ihumātao, to stay until resolution reached
The King has raised the Kīngitanga flag just outside the main tent which is on the front line.

A Kīngitanga spokesperson says the flag will stay at Ihumātao and be returned to the King once a resolution has been reached at this whenua.

Hundreds have descended upon south Auckland in response to the Maori King's call for solidarity
Nineteen buses from the Waikato made the journey to the disputed Ihumatao land early this morning, to show a united front.....

Maori-Crown tertiary education advisory group a positive step forward
The TEU and its national rananga, Te Toi Ahurangi, welcome the announcement Maori will be included from the outset, as key partners in the next stages of the Reform of Vocational Education process, with the creation of Te Taumata Aronui - a Maori-Crown tertiary education advisory group.

The new institute promises to have governance that reflects the Maori-Crown partnership and promotes national collaboration and leadership with local solutions to regional issues, with a responsibility to prioritise Maori learners.

Clear lines of communication will ensure the gains made by Maori through the consultation process are not lost, and that the Maori-Crown partnership is not only upheld and enhanced, but embedded" Hahana said.

Both Watene and Cooper say TEU Maori members have expressed the need for local culture to be maintained and respected under the new, reformed structure of tertiary education. "A charter with an enduring commitment to strong regional campuses must also ensure an enduring commitment to regions in governance and representation. This must extend to the importance placed on the different mita and tikanga of iwi in which the polytechnics are located, and ensuring this is not lost at a local level under a coordinated national system"........

Targeted social support funding for 450 Manawatu-Wanganui whanau
The expansion of an iwi, community and government initiative will improve the wellbeing of 450 of our most vulnerable Manawatu-Wanganui families Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for whanau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.

The Kainga whanau Ora initiative is an Iwi-led programme working with 167 families and whanau living in Housing New Zealand homes in Palmerston North.

The government is investing $4.6 million over the next two years to expand the initiative to a further 300 whanau in Whanganui and Palmerston North.

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says the funding for expansion demonstrates the Government’s commitment to lifting Māori and Pacific incomes, skills and opportunities......

Samuels' task to exert Māori influence
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta wants the new head of her ministry to have influence across government.

She says Dave Samuels has an international perspective from working on trade issues for the Ministry for Primary Industries in the Middle East and China for the past five years, so he understands Māori aspirations for exports and trade.

He can also help the ministry sell its vision to Māori development to other government agencies......

Ngāti Rongo look to have Tuhirangi Auckland Shooting Club site recognised as culturally significant
The kaitiaki (guardians) of a maunga north of Auckland say a controversial shooting club should never have been allowed to operate there because the land is wāhi tapu (sacred).

Auckland Shooting Club, north of Kaukapakapa, has been embroiled in a bitter fight with the neighbouring meditation centre and locals over its right to operate.

The hapū, Ngāti Rongo (or Ngāti Rango), is joining the fray and wants to have the maunga recognised as a site of cultural significance, which could potentially affect any future activities on the land......

Ihumātao inspiration leads to threat of Shelly Bay hikoi and occupation
A group opposing Māori land sales at Shelly Bay have confirmed they are willing to occupy the land and talks of a hikoi south from Taranaki are afoot.

Sydney Mepham, from Mau Whenua – a group of Taranaki Whanui members opposed to the sale of Māori land at Shelly Bay – confirmed the group was considering an occupation of the harbourside site.

They had also been approached by a group of Taranaki iwi keen to have a motorised hikoi to Wellington to help out, he said......

Ngapuhi: We didn't cede sovereignty
One of the coordinators of hapū hui within Ngāpuhi says the Government needs to rip up the existing negotiating mandate and start again.

They want a complete different negotiating process than the crown was contemplating under the Tūhoronuku model.

"Not because we just want to be different for the sake of it, but there are so many different things Ngāpuhi have. For instance, the fact we didn't cede sovereignty and we won't be ceding sovereignty and we can't move forward until we address that issue or at least begin talking about it with the crown. We are a very very different iwi to the rest of the settlements that have taken place," Ms Himiona says.....

Treaty settlements concerning Ihumatao are “Full and Final” - Chris Finlayson
Former Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson tells Sean Plunket that the treaty negotiations covering Ihumātao are "full and final".

Chris explains how the process looks to build settlements through iwi by iwi negotiations, in particular for the area involved here.

Chris was explicit in stating that these treaty negotiations were full and final. He also tells Sean how the Green Party were supportive of the negotiations at the time.

They then move on to the question of private land under the treaty, that it is not possible to be taken by the crown through compulsory purchase, Chris says private land is absolutely not able to be interfered with by the state......

Crown needs to do more to recognise range of Māori viewpoints - iwi leader
The Crown needs to step up and be more flexible in the way it engages with Māoridom or scenes like those at Ihumātao are likely to become more common, a Taranaki iwi leader says.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said the strategy in place around the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process and the need for mandated iwi authorities to negotiate directly with the Government was dictated by the Crown and often resulted in people being left out from the outset.

In general, Ngarewa-Packer said the Crown needed to adapt its approach in order to better reflect its treaty partnership status with Māori......

Constitutional change behind hīkoi call
A Māori lawyer who was on yesterday's Hands Off Our Tamariki hīkoi to parliament says the calls by Māori for significant partnerships with the crown are intensifying.
But the hīkoi wanted more than Māori being service providers or consultants to crown agencies.

"The connecting factor between this kaupapa, the happenings at Ihumātao, the kaupapa Māori health inquiry, other kaupapa, take being raised by the Waitangi Tribunal recently show that it's all the same concern really, which is about that lack of a true partnership relationship between Māori and the crown and the need for really significant change to our constitutional arrangements," Ms Quince says......

New national drinking water regulator confirmed
A new central government regulator will take over responsibility for the nation's drinking water supplies after gaps in the current system were exposed by the 2016 Havelock North drinking water contamination that poisoned hundreds and caused four deaths.

Local Government and Health Ministers Nanaia Mahuta and David Clark announced the long-signalled decision to create a new regulator, which will extend drinking water regulation to a wide range of small-scale water suppliers. It will exclude individual "self-suppliers" using tank or bore water or another freshwater source.

That change will create costs for a range of remote or standalone facilities, including marae and papakainga Maori community housing, prisons, schools, campgrounds and isolated community water supply systems. Decisions on possible funding assistance will be determined by the end of the year.

Three waters regulation also meshes with the government's separate 'Essential Freshwater' programme, which seeks a holistic approach to the environmental regulation of all forms of fresh and salt water, and a new system for allocating access to freshwater resources.

The latter will require a settlement of the long-standing and so far insoluble issue of how to recognise Maori rights and interests in freshwater that the courts have established exist under the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Regional council launches bold plan for environment
After a decade of consultation with the community, decisions on an ambitious plan designed to protect and enhance the regional environment were released today by Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Developed in partnership with the region’s mana whenua iwi, the plan consolidates five separate plans into one designed to future proof environmental performance in the Wellington region.

The plan recognises the relationships that our mana whenua iwi have the region’s natural and physical resources, and basic Maori principles of stewardship are fully recognised throughout......

Ihumātao: Māori Development Minister meets SOUL co-founder
Late this afternoon, Ms Newton said it was a positive and constructive hui, and they would be meeting again at a later date.

Ms Francis said those at Ihumātao have been underestimated and she was confident they'd get a good result.

"There's absolutely room for compromise but the reality of it is that at this moment, we have the upper hand.

"It's kind of like we've taken over jurisdiction of the road but also the whenua, we most definitely have the upper hand and I don't think we're in a position to negotiate until we can ensure the safety of all of our people and ensure the whakamana of the hui.".....

Police seen as health threat to protest children
A group of Māori public health specialists want the Government to withdraw the police from Ihumātao while talks are going on between the parties.

The 11-member group, which includes Dr Rhys Jones, Professor Papaarangi Reid and Professor David Tipene-Leach, says they have no confidence the police presence at Ihumātao will result in a peaceful resolution.

In fact, they are concerned it has the potential to cause harm to Māori children and adults participating as peaceful protectors.....

Govt going ahead with polytech merger plan
New Zealand's 16 polytechnics will be merged into one national campus as part of vocational education reforms announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins today.

* Greater Maori involvement, especially through Te Taumata Aronui, a Maori Crown Tertiary Education Group;......

$11.5 million project to revolutionise ocean forecasting
This project combines mātauranga Māori with science. Iwi partners Whakatōhea will bring their traditional and contemporary oceanographic knowledge and aquaculture experience to the project.

Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, Chair Robert Edwards says the Whakatōhea iwi has been living in the Ōpōtiki area for approximately 900 years and has built its indigenous knowledge systems around the land and sea over generations......

Learning reo chance to make amends
September's Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori will be officially launched this afternoon at the Wharewaka on Wellington's waterfront by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy today.

Te Taura Whiri chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui expects it to be the biggest yet.

He says the increased interest and support for the language is being reflected in the support for the Ihumātao action and other Māori protests.

"With every generation there will be a fight to be had and the treaty will never be settled, it will just continually be honoured, and that is what our people will be asking for. That is what I love about te reo Māori, because for most New Zealanders it's a little way they can give back, can make amends, by learning the language and helping keep it alive. That is what I love about te reo Māori too. Most New Zealanders can't return the land, they can't make decisions for the government, but they can learn te reo Māori," Mr Apanui says......

Victoria University announces new names in brand refresh
The Victoria Business School will be called Wellington School of Business and Government.

Victoria International will be called Wellington University International.

The council approved a more simplified version of a primary logo for the university by removing the repetition of the word "Wellington".

It also approved Te Herenga Waka as the University's new Māori name......

Jacinda Ardern's response to Ihumātao is a potentially career-defining mistake
Initially, Jacinda Ardern stayed clear of the mess, but on Friday she made a potentially career-defining mistake. Our Prime Minister has decided to open a majestic can of worms. She has given the protesters a leg to stand on, when they should have packed their bags long ago. Ardern vowed that there would be no building until a settlement can be reached. The question must be raised: How can the Prime Minister have executive powers to stop a private company from pursuing their agenda, when they have passed every piece of red-tape?…..

Science challenge grant to promote Māori superfoods
The Riddet Institute has secured $1.75 million from the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge to continue its Science of Food programme, which includes working with Māori businesses on new food products that deliver health benefits.

Products already delivered which are undergoing clinical trials include low-fat yoghurts fortified with a plant bioactive, a high-fibre kūmara powder to stimulate healthy gut bacteria in weaning infants, and a plant-based nutrition bar for the management of pre-diabetes, which was co-developed with NUKU ki te PukuTM, a cluster of innovative Māori businesses…..

Meeting halted after iwi leader says city not ready for refugees
Whanganui iwi leader, Ken Mair, told the hui that issues confronting Māori in the city needed to be addressed before refugees could be resettled there.

"We made it very clear that there is a need for discussions between the minister, local and central government to work through some of the issues we have from a local iwi point of view."

Mr Mair said the meeting was then brought to a halt and he was told it would not be reconvened until iwi had had the discussions it was seeking…..

Emotional graduation ceremony as Ngāti Apa's next generation of leaders stand tall
She was one of about 20 rangatahi, or young people, to graduate from Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō's 10th Mana Rangatahi wānanga, or programme, at Omaka Marae in Blenheim on July 20.

"We know New Zealand suffered dearly through colonisation. This is the solution. All we do is take their seed of greatness and water that seed," he said.

Nellie-Jane Robinson, who was awarded 'senior warrior' at the wānanga, said she had attended nine of the 10 programmes.

"Five years ago I used to be a little pākehā girl with no eyebrows. Now, I can proudly call myself Māori. I'm so grateful for this experience," she said.....

Te Rarawa lifts roadblock to Shipwreck Bay in Far North
Te Rarawa has opened the gate that had been blocking the road down to Te Kohanga - Shipwreck Bay - on Sunday evening.

The iwi is satisfied that its message - that those who visit the beach and the coastline to the west, and the environment in general, should treat it with respect - had been heard loud and clear.....

Open letter to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Subject: Concerns regarding risks to safety and wellbeing secondary to the potential for Crown-sanctioned violence by the New Zealand Police at Ihumātao

There is a substantive evidence-base regarding the adverse health and wellbeing outcomes both for Indigenous peoples globally, and for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Based upon previous experience, for example, the Bastion Point arrests and the unlawful police raids on Tuhoe, as well as the ongoing over-surveillance and inequitable treatment of Māori in the criminal justice system, we have no confidence that the police presence at Ihumātao will result in a peaceful resolution. In fact, we are concerned that it has the potential to cause harm to Māori children and adults participating as peaceful protectors, as are their rights, under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ratified by the New Zealand Government......

Ōpōtiki District - the pet fish from afar
Consultation begins today on the addition of macrons to correct the spelling of Opotiki District to Ōpōtiki District.

Ms Shaw says the town name officially became Ōpōtiki on 21 June 2019, so correcting the district name would align the two......

Opponents stymied at Dunedin oil and gas hearing
Climate Justice Taranaki spokesman Urs Signer said oil should be treated under the Treaty of Waitangi as taonga, and therefore Maori should be the owner of that resource.....

Ihumātao: Winston Peters says mana whenua views will be taken seriously
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has weighed in to the dispute at Ihumātao, saying mana whenua would be the one group the Government would take seriously, and accusing occupiers of bad faith.

Peters also left open the option of the Government purchasing the disputed land, putting him at odds with other Government ministers.

"We're going to look at these issues, we're going to look at Māori tikanga, Māori culture, and Māori lore with regards to land ownership," he said.....

Winston Peters says Māori need to address violence against women and children
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says some criticisms against Oranga Tamariki are unfair and that since it attempted to uplift a baby at Hastings hospital in May, three Māori babies had been killed.

"If any of you understand Māoridom, you'll know there is some deep disquiet with respect to the treatment of women and children in particular," he said.

"So let's not wipe our hands of this - and own up to the fact that if there's going to be a change, then there has to be a cultural renaissance in Māoridom itself as to its internal responsibilities to help fix this issue."

The taxpayer in good faith was putting in a lot of money into Oranga Tamariki and there were a lot of motivated and hard-working social workers.....

Winston Peters shares doubts over Ihumātao and Oranga Tamariki protests
"Let's not have this view that somehow it's all the white man's fault, and if it were not for that Māori would be, in terms of looking after their children and their people and their women, in particular, perfect. Let's have some frank candour here," he said.

"With all its failings I'm so glad the English got here and settled this country, rather than some other cultures, because, with all its failings, it is so much better than all the rest of the world.".....

New Māori business centre launches in Waikato
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has launched Te Ahikōmako the first centre of Māori innovation and entrepreneurship that will be open to all Māori business entrepreneurs, innovators and whānau in the Waikato region.

“ I am also delighted that this was an act of cross Government cooperation with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment through the Provincial Growth Fund contributing $500,000. This is a joint initiative with Te Puni Kōkiri who contributed a further $150,000.

“Te Ahikōmako was developed and designed by Māori in order to meet the very specific needs of Māori and it will be a place where our whānau can realise and bring to life their business ideas and concepts – this is about whānau success and creating a robust regional economy for the future,” says Nanaia Mahuta.....

Porirua City's bilingual signage costs nearly $30k in consultant's and designer's fees
Porirua City's new bilingual signs have cost nearly $30,000 in consultant and designer's fees.

Featuring te reo Māori and English, the signs cost $27,360 to design which included work by cultural advisors, bilingual experts and "strategic exploration of our strategy for bilingual signage," a council spokesman said.

A further $1643 was spent on translation costs for 113 signs destined for places including Porirua Park, Ngati Toa Hall and Ngati Toa Domain.

Porirua City Council chief executive Wendy Walker said in a statement the city was proudly multicultural and the signs would reflect that.....

DHB to tackle racism of care
Racism is a “basic, underlying” reason for poor health suffered by Maori and Pacific New Zealanders, a major DHB has concluded.

Auckland DHB will put managers through training modules as part of a new plan to stamp out institutional racism...

The report mapped out responses that included “institutional racism modules” for managers, mentoring programmes for Maori and Pacific workers, and ongoing te reo classes.

The DHB has already started a hiring policy that fast-tracks all eligible Maori and Pacific job candidates straight to the interview stage.....
Via Herald on Sunday 28/7/19 (page 6)

Ardern is promoting illegal behaviour at Ihumātao, says Act
ACT leader David Seymour thinks Ardern has made a dangerous call.

"By stopping development at Ihumātao, the Prime Minister has said if you break the law and illegally occupy other people's private property, the Government won't punish you - it'll actually help you."

Thousands more protestors packed into the site on Satuday, many having camped overnight. Fletcher, which actually struck a deal with the iwi to build the homes, has sent the protesters eviction notices.

Seymour says Ardern's interference is legitimising unlawful behaviour.

"If the Prime Minister is going to have any intervention, it should be upholding property rights and the rule of law - not emboldening people who break the law and occupy other people's property."....

Ihumaatao: Maori Party calls for Tikanga Commissioner and Office
Maori Party calls for an independent Tikanga Commissioner and Office. This independent tool would be funded by the Crown to be the watch-dog of Crown engagement and help hapu and iwi to navigate issues that have been established as a result of Crown intervention.

The racist agenda of Treasury means that Maori are always given the crumbs where as South Canterbury Finance, leaky homes and too many other examples are treated differently creating poverty, disadvantage and all the worst statistics of our nation.

The Office would be able to critique the processes of government, like an ombudsman and facilitate tikanga processes to help restore balance between hapu and iwi.....

Muslims at Ihumātao: 'They can always rely on us'
Muslim leaders have come to pray with the people of Ihumātao, sharing the pain of having their sacred spaces attacked.

Mariam Arif took her two tamariki (children) Faruq and Faris to Ihumātao. She joined family who travelled from Hamilton.

"Most of us as minority groups relate quite a bit to the [constant] struggle here [whether it is] the whenua [land] or the reo [language] or the ahurea [culture]."

"We're just here to show tangata whenua [indigenous people] that we are here and if they need anything, they can always rely on us to be by their side."....

Nelson Arts Festival’s readers and writers programme gets a new name
Nelson Arts Festival is excited to announce that its readers and writers programme has a new name – Pukapuka Talks,

Festival Director Charlie Unwin says, “We’re delighted to embrace Te Reo Māori with the word pukapuka (Māori for book) as part of our title,....

Ihumātao protest: 'We are still here'
The group leading the Ihumātao protest say they want written confirmation from the Prime Minister that construction will not be allowed on the land, and called for the government to remove the police presence.

SOUL spokesperson Pania Newton, told a media stand up they were also asking for the police and contractors to leave the land.

"We are asking them to leave the land so that we are able to re-enter the whenua and exercise our kaitiakitanga and guardianship over the land."....

Ihumatao: Senior iwi member David Rankin to complain over PM Jacinda Ardern’s ‘interference’
Meanwhile, a complaint with police will be laid over the Prime Minister's "interference" in the Ihumātao dispute. David Rankin, who describes himself as a senior member of Te Kawerau a Maki, said he would lodge a complaint with police that the Prime Minister used her position to interfere in a legal transaction and as a consequence would deprive the iwi of dozens of homes which Fletchers had contracted to provide to the mana whenua.....

Peeni Henare warns Government buying Ihumātao land will 'undermine every Treaty settlement done to date'
In an interview with Newshub Nation, the Whānau Ora Minister and representative for Tāmaki Makarau warned doing so would set a precedent.

"If the Government steps in to buy this land back, we undermine every Treaty settlement that's been done to date," said Henare.

"We then allow relitigation of settlements that have been done in the past and are we prepared for that? I'll leave that question there."

But when pressed on whether the Government would allow this to happen, Henare refused to rule it out......

Ihumātao building development suspended until solution reached - Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced there will be no building activity on the Ihumātao site until a solution is reached.

On Friday night Ardern said that over the past week "things have escalated" in the dispute over the housing development......

Ihumātao: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern slow on intervention - leading Māori figure Matthew Tukaki
Tukaki wants something more resolute put into place, but in the meantime is calling for police to leave protesters alone.

"What we need to do is ask the police to kindly leave. We have the Māori wardens here on site. Whānau are cooperating and everything is calm and peaceful.

"What has happened with the police coming in is we have dialled up that tension just a little bit. I understand they are here to enforce a court order but we are also pitting people and whānau against whānau when it comes to this matter."

He said police don't always need to get involved.

"Māori can sort out their own problems. What we don't need is always the intervention of uniformed police officers representing essentially the Crown to somehow keep us safe and secure, but arrest us if things get a little bit hoha.".....

Iwi advocate: Ihumātao protesters are there under misinformation
However, iwi advocate Pita Turei told Heather du Plessis Allan SOUL's website is misleading.

He says the land destined to become a housing development used to be wheat fields, not ancient burial grounds.

"It comes from the SOUL page. It doesn't match up with history, it doesn't match up with the map, and it also doesn't match up to the archaeological reports. It is deliberate."

Truei says that nothing sacred will be built upon.....

Ihumātao: An opportunity for leadership from our Treaty partner
President of the Māori Party Che Wilson states: “I have first-hand experience in the flaws of the governments Treaty Settlement processes.”

“Ihumatao is an example of mana whenua trying over decades to resolve the raupatu afflicted upon them. The future generations have unprecedented challenges including climate change, extreme poverty, and homelessness.”

“They are going to hold all leaders to account whether we like it or not.

“Whether it’s Ihumatao, Oranga Tamariki, Whānau Ora or Māori Water Rights, the Prime is conveniently absent. She avoids Māori issues and as the leader of the other half of the Treaty Partnership, she needs to front up....

Select committee won't side with SOUL
Meanwhile, the Māori Affairs Select Committee has declined to recommend any government intervention in the dispute, but asked the House to take careful note of the petitioners' concerns.

Fletcher discussed with local and central government whether they would consider extending the existing Ōtuataua Stonefields Reserve to include the disputed land, and it was told there is no need for additional reserve space in this area.

The committee says the situation at special housing area 62 is complex, with competing rights and interests to the land, including the right to develop the land as the private owners see fit......

Ngāti Rangi Claims Settlement Bill passes final reading
The settlement includes a ground-breaking and integrated new framework for the Whangaehu River catchment called Te Waiū-o-Te-Ika, which recognises the intrinsic connection between the iwi and hapū of Whangaehu with the awa. It also includes the return of the lake beds at Rotokura, a compre-hensive Conservation Partnership Framework and special arrangements in relation to pākohe, pākere, onewa and matā.

The settlement includes financial and commercial redress of approximately $17m. This is made up of a combination of cash, commercial redress properties to transfer through the settlement, as well as a range of rights of first refusal and deferred selection over specified Crown property....

Ngai Tahu has bought almost 70 hectares of industrial land for subdivision south of Christchurch
Competition is about to heat up with South Island's largest iwi, Ngai Tahu, buying almost 70 hectares of industrial land for subdivision and sale south of Christchurch.

More well-known for its residential and commercial office development, the iwi's property arm, Ngai Tahu Property, has purchased a 32 hectare block of land in Hoskyns Road, Rolleston, about 20 kilometres south of central Christchurch, and a 36ha block in Shands Road, Hornby, which is part of the former Heinz Watties property.

Ngai Tahu is developing subdivision plans for both blocks and is targeting buyers who want to buy the freehold land without building ties.....

Teachers seek to boost te reo Māori learning in early years
Early childhood teachers throughout New Zealand are being supported with free professional development opportunities to help them weave te reo Māori into children’s learning......

Maori Scholarship for Hands On – Otago Uni
A fully funded scholarship is available for students of Maori descent entering year 12 or 13 next year and have an interest in studying at Otago....

Council role in maintaining New Plymouth urupā supported
A grant could be made available to maintain a number of Māori burial grounds in New Plymouth following a long-running campaign.

Te Ātiawa kaumātua Peter Moeahu has made several presentations calling on the New Plymouth District Council to maintain urupā in the same way it maintains district cemeteries.

Earlier this year he told the council that Section 3 of the Burial and Cremations Act 1964, which excludes Māori burial grounds from protections unless expressly provided for, was "institutionalised racism" and a breach of both the Treaty of Waitangi and the Human Rights Act.....

We lead, you follow message for justice reform
A spokesperson for the Ināia Tonu Nei: Māori Justice Hui report says changing the criminal justice system will benefit not just Māori but the whole country.

The reforms need to encompass not just the criminal justice system but the way other aspects of government such as the education system deal with Māori.....

Study to investigate Maori fruit and vegetable consumption
Dr Geoff Kira, Nga Puhi, from Massey University’s School of Health Sciences has been awarded nearly quarter of a million dollars to carry out a feasibility study focusing on the tools used to measure fruit and vegetable consumption among Maori.

The study, entitled He Pataka Marohi - the feasibility of novel and conventional instruments, will be carried out over two years, and is funded by a Feasibility Study grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand......

Ihumātao protest: Kaumātua and rangatahi split over development
A generational divide is at the heart of the ongoing battle to stop a housing development at Ihumātao.

The protests are being lead by mana whenua Pania Newton and her cousins, who have been pushing for the land - owned by Fletcher Building - to be returned to iwi, 160 years after it was first confiscated by the Crown.

But local kaumātua Te Warena Taua from Te Kawerau a Maki, who gave his blessing for the housing development to go forward, said Ms Newton and her cousins were disrespecting their elders by not moving on from the site.....

Iwi to negotiate with Crown for return of Pink and White Terraces land
Two Rotorua iwi have signed an agreement to end an historical dispute over the land where the Pink and White Terraces once stood.

The Deed of Undertaking was signed by Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust and Tūhourangi Tribal Authority at the Waimangu Volcanic valley yesterday.

For Tūhourangi, it is an opportunity for land that wasn't previously available when it was settled with the Crown in 2009 to be returned, and for Ngāti Rangitihi to resolve the overlapping claim issue it has with Tūhourangi.

The two iwi will negotiate a settlement with the Crown for the Waimangu and Otūkapuarangi Land, which borders part of Lake Rotomahana.....

Fight for Ihumātao: Three people arrested at historic Auckland site
Three people have been arrested at a police cordon barring anyone from entering the land at Ihumātao, near Auckland Airport.

The site is due to be developed by Fletcher Building but has been the subject of a bitter dispute and occupation, and an eviction notice was served against occupiers today.....

'It's unacceptable': David Parker launches Resource Management Act 'overhaul'
The key issues to be addressed in a review of the RMA will include removing "unnecessary complexity", ensuring faster and more responsive land use planning, and ensuring Māori have more participation.

The overhaul will consider reducing the complexity of consenting processes, clarifying the meaning of iwi authority and hapū, and whether the RMA should align with the Green Party's Zero Carbon Bill if it passes.....

Hunia take chair at Te Ohu Kaimoana
Rangimarie Hunia from Ngāti Whātua has been appointed as chair of the Māori Fisheries Settlement Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana- the first wahine in the role.

She says she is committed to advancing Māori interests in the marine environment and ensuring the commitments of the Māori Fisheries Settlement are upheld.

Priorities for iwi include getting amendments passed to the Māori Fisheries Act, finding a resolution to the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary that would strip Māori of development rights, and ensuring Māori fishing rights are protected in the proposed Threat Management Plan.....

Ināia Tonu Nei - The Time is Now: Report on Māori perspectives on justice released today
A call for Māori to have a genuine leadership role in creating a future justice system for Aotearoa New Zealand has been made clearly in a report released today.

Spokespeople for the report Tā Mark Solomon and Katie Murray say the report reflects both the sobering reality for Māori at the hands of a colonial justice system, and an overwhelming energy for Māori to lead a new design for the justice system.

“For generations Māori have suffered disproportionate adversity from a justice system that has been imposed on our people,” says Katie Murray.

“The Justice System cannot be reformed without leadership from Te Ao Māori. The Hui Māori called for the Crown to finally share power with Māori and for Māori-led responses to be central to the reformation of the Justice System,” says Tā Mark Solomon.

“Māori have the knowledge, the relationships, the experience and capability to lead reform of the justice system......

Ngāti Hinerangi works with developers to maintain Māori history
A rural Waikato town is starting a trend, making sure iwi are involved in naming new streets in the area.

Ngāti Hinerangi, which was once an almost extinct Matamata iwi, recently named their first street in Matamata's newly established Peakedale Estate.

Hinerangi Crescent is just one of the many projects the iwi has planned and is encouraging other developers to name streets after significant Māori cultural aspects as well.......

'Racist' pamphlet likely to cause 'serious offence' and must not be distributed
A complaint about a racist pamphlet that is derogatory toward Māori has been partly upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority, which says it must be removed from circulation.

The leaflet, titled One Treaty One Nation, was dropped in letterboxes in the Auckland suburb of Pt Chevalier in April. It called for the Waitangi Tribunal and Māori electorates and wards to be scrapped.

It claimed "the benefits of colonisation for Maoris, lifting them out of a violent Stone Age existence, far outweighed any negative consequences" and called for "an end to the stranglehold that one minority group has over the culture and life of a nation".

The pamphlet also said the "Maori people ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria in 1840".....

Maori Language Workshops
Bunnings Warehouse...

Protesters at Ihumātao served eviction notices
Police are at a disputed housing development in Auckland where an eviction notice has been served against occupiers.

Part of the land, 32 hectares, is zoned as a Special Housing Area and is owned by Fletcher Building.

A group has been occupying the land, near Auckland Airport, in an effort to stop the development going ahead.

Counties Manukau District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers said a dozen officers were assisting a bailiff to serve an eviction notice.

Kaumātua and Maori wardens were encouraging the unlawful occupants to leave the site.....

Waikato River rāhui in place from Huka Falls to Atiamuri
People are being asked not to gather food from the upper Waikato River until further notice.

Ngati Tahu – Ngati Whaoa Runanga Trust, supported by Te Arawa River Iwi Trust, has placed a rāhui from Te Waiheke o Huka (Huka Falls) to Pohaturoa (Atiamuri).

A rāhui is a management tool used to restrict use of an area to ensure the principles of kaitiakitanga (stewardship) are upheld and to protect the health and wellbeing of the community.

The action follows wastewater discharges into Lake Taupō following a major sewerage leak on July 2.....

Select committee report on Parihaka bill backs name protection
If a new bill passes into law, the people of Parihaka will get the means to protect its name from commercial exploitation.

One of the changes the Māori Affairs select committee had recommended regarding the Te Pire Haeata ki Parihaka/Parihaka Reconciliation Bill was a clause to prevent the name of the settlement synonymous with peace from being used in the registration of trademarks, company names or other trade without the authorisation of the Parihaka Papakainga Trust (PPT).

If there was unauthorised, commercial use of the Parihaka name, the trust would have the ability to seek a court order to stop it.......

Iwi vows to return Ahipara's vandalised pou
The felling of two pou marking Te Rarawa's rāhui at Tauroa Point had been "absolutely gutting" but they will be restored, spokeswomanTui Te Paa says.

In the meantime, the gate had been re-erected at the top of the road leading down to Te Kohanga (Shipwreck Bay) last Friday and would remain closed at all traffic until Sunday.

Te Paa said the closing of the road was a direct response to the felling of the pou, an action that had dismayed Te Rarawa and strained relationships that the iwi worked hard to maintain.....

Three quarters of harm in state care happens to Māori children: Oranga Tamariki report
More than three quarters of the children harmed over the three months to March in state care were Māori.

Over the three-month period more than 100 children in state care, though some were living with their parents, were harmed sexually, physically, or emotionally, an Oranga Tamariki report found.

​Oranga Tamariki's Safety of Children in Care Unit was established last year to better report on "non-accidental harm" caused to children in care.....

Second Tainui hotel for Auckland Airport
The Maaori king Tuuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII, and Waikato Tainui elders have blessed the site of the second hotel for the Iwi at Auckland International Airport.

The nine-storey Te Ariki Pullman Hotel will stand alongside the existing Novotel Tainui Auckland Airport Hotel......

Hutt Valley DHB launches ambitious goal for Māori health
Te Pae Amorangi, the DHB’s Māori Health Strategy 2018-2027 has set nine years to achieve health equity for Māori.

Launched at Hutt Hospital in Lower Hutt on July 17, the strategy was developed by the DHB’s Māori health director Kerry Dougall.

“To put the goal in context, the average life expectancy for Māori men and women in the wider Wellington region is about seven years less than non-Māori respectively,” said Kerry.

She wants to lift Māori health outcomes by working in close partnership with Māori communities and encouraging more Māori to take part in the health system.

“It’s also about protecting Māori cultural values. A key focus is on empowering Māori, and creating awareness of the challenges to health equity brought by institutional racism and the effects of colonisation…….

Formal handover of Marae Feasibility Plans
Rangitīkei District Council has formally handed over Marae Feasibility Plans to Ngāti Hauiti of Rātā Marae as part of Council’s Maori Responsiveness Framework.

“This is a significant step forward for building and strengthening the relationship between Council, iwi and hapū.

Mr Meihana said one of the key goals of the Marae Feasibility Plan is to strengthen the ability of marae to pass on their ancestral knowledge of whaikōrero, karanga and local mātauranga, tikanga and kawa to descendants......

Andrew Little reopens talks with Ngāpuhi on treaty settlement
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has re-opened the conversation with Ngāpuhi, in a low-key visit to the north this week.

The minister has met with hapū on both sides of the mandate divide in the past week, to sound them out on any progress towards negotiations.

Mr Little has said it was clear Ngapuhi did not support the earlier proposal for an iwi-wide settlement....

Only two-thirds of Māori filled out the census
Statistics NZ is under fire after revealing it only collected individual census forms from two-thirds of Māori.

Only 83.3 percent of people filled out individual forms, which Statistics NZ called the "traditional NZ method". But only 68.2 percent of Māori did, down from 2013's response rate of 88.5. Even fewer Pacific Islanders did - 65.1 percent, down from 88.3.....

New Māori Warden funding aimed for the future
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta have announced $3.75 million in assistance for Māori Wardens to prepare for the future.

“The funding will be used to invest directly in to the development of a new Māori Wardens self-management capability, along with increased training, recruitment and promotion which is a huge step forward for the organisation,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

The roles, functions and powers of the Māori Wardens are provided for in the Māori Community Development Act 1962 which is administered by the Māori Development Minister.

The initial role of the Māori Wardens has broadened and there are now over 900 Māori Warden volunteers across the nation.....

Māori four times more likely to have children removed: study
The study, which Wilson co-authored, tracked 56,904 children born in 1998 until the end of 2015. It found 42 per cent of Māori children came to the attention of child protective services, compared to one in five Pākeha kids.

A Māori child had a one in 14 chance of being removed from their parents, while for Pākeha children it was one in 50.....

Waikato District Council gives 'in principal' support for Māngai Māori representation
Waikato District Council has given support for Māori representation on council committees, with mayor Allan Sanson saying the move has been "a long time coming".

At a meeting on July 17, the council unanimously voted for 'in principle' support for Māngai Māori (voice of Māori) representatives.

'In principle' support means the council are making a recommendation for the next council - due to local government elections in October, the council can't bind the future council's governance structure now.....

Iwi keen to own shares in Napier port
Hawkes Bay iwi and hapū are lining up to buy shares in the Port of Napier.

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council hopes to raise up to $234 million from selling 45 percent of the port company, and to use some of the money to build a new wharf.

Collectively the iwi wants 25 percent, but the council does not want any shareholder to have more than 10 percent.

Time right for reo drive
A south Auckland school principal says the time is right to make te reo Māori compulsory in schools.

He says people complain about the prospect of Māori becoming a compulsory part of the school curriculum, but they were silent when the digital technology curriculum was forced on all schools....

PM puts faith in free trade deals
Economically, New Zealand is entering a dramatic era of unprecedented change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the Federated Farmers conference.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor urged the primary sector to engage and connect with and better understand Maori. Maori agribusiness will be a big part of NZ’s future, he said.

NZ must better connect with Maori and their aspirations, so appreciating and adopting their values of kaitiakitanga (guardianship and wise utilisation, not preservation) and manaakitanga (sharing goods we have with others), O’Connor said....

Iwi climate change legal action absurd - Brash
Legal action by an iwi leader against the Government alleging "failure" to protect Maori from climate change is the height of absurdity, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

"In 1840 when the Treaty was signed, nobody had even heard about climate change," Dr Brash said.

To suggest that a treaty made almost 180 years ago, guaranteeing the same political rights to all New Zealanders, also assumed that the Government has some kind of special obligation to Maori in relation to the climate is just silly, he said.....

Iwi leader to sue government for 'failing to protect Maori' from effects of climate change
The Treaty of Waitangi promised that the Government had a duty to actively protect Māori interests. One Iwi leader says that the impending catastrophe of climate change means they have failed to meet that standard.

Mike Smith, chair of the Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group announced on Tuesday that he was suing the Government because "the Crown is failing to protect all New Zealanders, but especially Māori, from catastrophic effects of climate change".

"Māori are particularly vulnerable to climate change, being disproportionately represented amongst the poor, who will be the hardest hit," he said....

Appeal against $200m Mt Messenger bypass resource consents gets under way
A Taranaki iwi holds the key to the future of the $200m Mt Messenger roading project, the Environment Court has heard.

Appeals against the resource consents required for the massive infrastructure project got under way on Monday in New Plymouth.

Without agreement from the iwi, the court heard the project might not go ahead......

Napier Port hopes to raise over $200 million on share market to ease congestion
The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is to list a 45 per cent stake of the country's fourth largest port after consultation with rate payers.

Hawke's Bay residents, local iwi and port workers will have first priority to the 90 million available shares.....

Kelvin Davis breaks from Labour, wants compulsory Te Reo in schools
Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis has gone rogue, breaking rank from Labour and the Prime Minister by saying he wants compulsory Te Reo taught in schools.

The Government's stance is to make te reo Māori universally available in schools but has steered clear of using the word "compulsory"....

Bilingual signs for Porirua
Porirua City is implementing bilingual signage to reflect our commitment to te reo Māori and the importance of our mana whenua.

A set of guidelines have been developed to shape how the new signs will be implemented. The guidelines are clear that all signs will be consistent, with te reo Māori text first.....

Māori wardens find role in marae courts
The increase in rangatahi courts and other marae-based judicial activities is creating new opportunities for Māori wardens.

"We've seen an increase of our Māori wardens use on marae courts. Whānau have these commitments, and making sure they turn up in these court cases, so a lot of our wardens are specialised now working alongside our Māori on rangatahi courts and also older area in the courts, those who have been given the opportunity to go to the marae and sort out problems that they're having," Mr Henry says......

Educators sign up for pilot scheme to encourage more te reo in classrooms
The use of te reo in New Zealand classrooms is about to get a lot more common.

Nearly 700 educators will learn or develop their use of te reo Māori through a $12million Government initiative launcher earlier this year, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said on Monday.

The 17-week Te Ahu O Māori programme is part of the Government's plan to integrate te reo into early learning and schools by 2025, he said.

"I'd love to think all classrooms will have te reo Māori funnelled into lessons, entertainment and conversations.".....

Protest march to Parliament planned over state's uplift of Māori babies
A protest march to Parliament is planned on July 30 to speak out against the practice of babies being taken from mothers by the state.

The rally was agreed at a weekend hui which also called for a Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki and demanded that "not one more Māori baby be taken".....

Driver licenses leading jobs and second chance
A Provincial Growth Fund investment to help young ex-offenders get a driver's licence has exceeded expectations in Northland.

Since the Howard League for Penal Reform expanded its driver's licence programme into the region a year ago, 338 people have received licences, more then two thirds of them Māori.

In addition the Department of Corrections has placed 120 of the 338 people into employment.....

Google Translate can now recognise written te reo Māori and translate it
Google can now recognise written te reo Māori and translate it instantly into more than 100 different languages.

Before, the machine translation service could only translate between English and other languages.

Due to a "major update" to Google Translate which rolls out this week, smartphone users will be able to hold their camera in front of written te reo words and Word Lens will translate them.....

Waikato District Council to consider Māori representation on committees
About a quarter of Waikato District Council's population identifies as Māori, but it has just one Māori councillor.

Those numbers have been captured by the council, who say it's aiming to improve Māori participation in decision-making by introducing a Māori voice on council committees.

At a meeting on July 17, council will consider a proposal to introduce external specialist Māori representatives - also known as Māngai Māori​ (voice of Māori) - on council's principal committees: the Strategy and Finance, Infrastructure and Policy and Regulatory committees.

One representative would be present on each of the three committees and would have full voting and speaking rights, council communications manager Jacob Quinn said.....

Tekapo or Takapō? One of NZ's world famous lakes could be in for a name change
Takapō, meaning "to leave in haste at night", is the traditional Māori name given to the lake, and many feel it should be reinstated.

In recent years, Ngāi Tahu have been working within the community to build awareness of the correct Māori name, iwi spokesman James Harding said.....

Historic hui gives overwhelming agreement for Māori Inquiry
The inquiry into state run Oranga Tamariki will be led by whanau, kaimahi and Māori leaders.

Yesterday the largest gathering of Māori leadership since the Foreshore and Seabed debate voted unanimously to hold an Inquiry.

Distinguished academic and Whānau Ora architect, Professor Sir Mason Durie concluded that there was a “strong collective unanimity in all the approaches put forth.” The hui provided a Māori approach to understand the issues and more importantly identify solutions by, for and with Māori.....

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon 'must address colonial racism'
The new Race Relations Commissioner needs to stop being a politician and start fighting the battle against racial abuse and discrimination, minority advocates say.

Ms O'Connell Rapira said she hoped Mr Foon would stand with Māori politically, and not just culturally.

"Meaning that he may feel comfortable on a marae, he may be able to speak reo Māori, which is really wonderful, but will he also advocate for Māori sovereignty to be realised.....

Iwi members mount legal challenge to reclaim Shelly Bay from developer
High Court papers have been filed in a bid to return Shelly Bay to its previous iwi owners, who claim it was sold without their permission.

A group of "disenfranchised" iwi members has launched the legal attack on the $500 million Wellington harbourside development, and say a caveat has been placed on any further sale of a parcel of land owned by Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PBNST).....

Absurd plants Treaty clause raises royalties question
The addition of an absurd Treaty of Waitangi clause in the Plant Varieties Act raises the question whether “Maoridom” will claim royalties on new plant varieties, Hobson’s Pledge spokesperson Casey Costello said today.

Every year more than 100 new varieties of plants are registered with the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office.

To suggest that a treaty made almost 180 years ago, guaranteeing the same political rights to all New Zealanders, also enables a property right to unnamed Maori people over a new plant breed is the height of absurdity,....

Kaingaroa settlement receives $2.4m for redevelopment
A small Māori village in a Bay of Plenty forest is getting $2.4 million in government funding to improve its dilapidated and rundown housing.

The close-knit Kaingaroa settlement - numbering about 435 people - was the sixth and final rōpū, or group, to join the Māori Housing Network Community Development programme run by Te Puni Kōkiri.

The money will go towards urgent housing repairs, upgrading a pool for treating wastewater, and financial planning workshops for whānau.

Cook arrival to Aotearoa event 'encourages awkward conversations', MP says
A $23 million event marking 250 years since Europeans arrived on Māori shores has been labelled "tone-deaf" by indigenous rights activists.

An online petition asking to stop replica Captain James Cook ship Endeavour coming to Aotearoa shores has more than 1800 signatures.

"They came here, they killed our people and claimed our land, and we're still reeling from that."

Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis understood the differing reactions to the event ... "We know that the first encounters weren't a fairytale. People died."

Māori stories would have prominence, he said......

Mōtītī appeal could open door for Māori resource input
Sally Gepp, the lawyer for Forest and Bird which is supporting the Mōtītī Rōhe Moana Trust, says the case could determine whether Māori have a true say in the way their environment is managed.

"The approach we are advocating for gives Māori a greater voice because they are able to be involved in those regional planning processes and directly influence the outcomes and that may be because of a customary right or because of an interest like that or it may simly be because they have a relationship with an area and say these species are a taonga and we want to protect them," she says.....

Horowhenua Health Centre gifted new room names and Tukutuku panel
Custom-designed room signs and a Tukutuku panel are now adorning the corridor of the Maternity Unit at the Horowhenua Health Centre in Levin, thanks to a collaborative project between Unit staff and local iwi.

The six colourful panels each have a name gifted by the Muaūpoko iwi; Te Puna Wai, Te Kaanga, Te Raumati, Te Hatoke and Nga Purapura. The Unit itself was gifted the name Kahangahanga. As well as the new names, each panel contains artwork specially designed by Muaūpoko iwi members.

A large Tukutuku panel was also gifted to the Unit by Te Kokiri Development Consultancy Inc. The panel sits at the entrance to the Maternity Unit, and will be the first thing people see when they come in for care.....

Captain James Cook statue vandalised with the words 'thief Pakeha' in Gisborne
A Captain James Cook statue that has been vandalised with the words "This is our land" and "Thief Pakeha" in Gisborne has stirred controversy online.

"Tear it down and put up a statue of our ancestor Paikea and Porourangi," one person wrote.

Another agreed: "Good Job! Put something there significant to the Tangata Whenua.".....

One BillionTrees supporting a sustainable future for Mangatu
The One Billion Trees Fund will support a Māori Incorporation in the Gisborne District to move to a more productive and sustainable land-use model, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says.

The Fund will provide $450,000 to Mangatu Blocks Incorporation, which is the guardian of Te Aitanga a Mahaki ancestral lands and manages 48,100 hectares for its 5,500 shareholders. Over half of this land is in pastoral farming.

“Working with Māori to protect and enhance their whenua is an important part of the One Billion Trees Programme and I am encouraging more Māori to come forward to partner with the Government through this initiative,” Shane Jones said.....

Crown process too long, costly for customary title of coastlines - claimants
Applicants wanting customary title of their coastlines say the longer the Crown takes the more people will die and not see justice.

In 2017, the Crown received 385 applications seeking engagement and 202 opting to be heard in the High Court under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act.

However, some applicants are frustrated with the process, the cost and what some call the constant moving of posts to get their claims completed.

Ms Sykes said one solution was for the Crown to fund facilitation so cross claimants could sort their interests out before going to court....

Local Government NZ embraces Māori view of local
The chair of Local Government New Zealand's Te Maruata Māori sub-committee says the association's new localism drive fits well with a kaupapa Māori approach.

Bonita Bingham says localism is what whānau, hapū and iwi have done forever.

"We don't tell our cousins at the next marae or we don't tell out neighbouring hapū how to manage their affairs so localism for us is the grassroots up model and interestingly that concept has been picked up by LGNZ as a reflection of how this was done for hundreds of years and how this is still done within Māori communities," she says.....

Don't ask, just tell Māori history
A leading teacher educator says teachers don't have to ask permission to teach local history and mātauranga Māori in their classrooms.

There is opportunity to do a whole lot more teaching - local history, local waiata, local pūrakau about whānau in the area that would really lift our kids' spirits and opportunities to see themselves in their own education," Dr Irwin says.

Teachers don't need to be put off by the Education Ministry's refusal to make Māori history a core part of the curriculum as many Māori have requested.....

Plant Variety Rights Act
How do we propose to make the PVR regime Treaty compliant?

Our recommended package of proposals to achieve Treaty compliance in the PVR Act involves:

* New disclosure requirements: introduce new information disclosure requirements for breeders, requiring them to provide information about the origin of the plant material used to develop their varieties and if applicable, who kaitiaki are, any engagement the breeder has had with kaitiaki, and the breeder’s assessment of whether kaitiaki interests would be affcted by the commercialisation of the new variety;

* New Māori advisory committe: establish a PVR Māori advisory committe, to:
– develop guidelines for breeders and kaitiaki on engagement;
– provide advice to breeders and kaitiaki at the pre-application stage;
– provide advice to the Commissioner of Plant Variety Rights and the Chair of the Māori advisory committe as to whether kaitiaki interests would be adversely affcted by the grant of a PVR and, if so, whether the impact can be mitigated to a reasonable extent such as to allow the grant.

* New decision-making process: empower the Commissioner of Plant Variety Rights, jointly with the Chair of the Māori advisory committe, to decide whether, on the basis of the Māori advisory committe’s advice, the PVR should be granted....

Oranga Tamariki answers lie with Maori
The founder of Whānau Ora wants this weekend's hui on Oranga Tamariki to look not just at oversight of the existing agency but at creating an alternative where Māori do things for themselves.

"Until we have restored to us our right to be autonomous in our own country ....

Dame Tariana says Māori have ‘lost faith in ourselves as a people’, sees future for new movement
Former Māori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia is disheartened by the state of Māori politics, but sees a future for a Māori movement "to give us back our rights and responsibilities to look after ourselves".

"Of course I want autonomy... because it's a right, it's not a privilege. The Treaty of Waitangi never, ever told us that our autonomy would be removed from us. I have a great belief that our people would never treat others as they have treated us."....

PHARMAC and Ngā Pou Mana (NPM) are calling for scholarship award nominations
PHARMAC and Ngā Pou Mana (NPM) are calling for scholarship award nominations for Māori kaimahi, students and community members who have had a positive impact on whānau, hapū and iwi.

Dr Teah Carlson, Chairperson of NPM, says “the awards are to support Māori allied health workforce development, so that people can continue study, to grow professional and cultural practice. The awards will provide much needed tautoko and manaaki for Māori kaimahi to continue their ongoing development.”

Dr Teah Carlson says “we recognise that the health workforce is changing with new professional roles such as Whānau Ora, the revitalisation of rongoā Māori practices, and Iwi and kaupapa Māori services.

“We support kaupapa Māori ‘ways of being’ and believe they can transform the health system......

Pay pressures put off potential principals
The president of the Principals' Federation says current efforts to train teachers for Māori immersion and Māori in mainstream classes is falling well short of what is needed.

"We're only producing 45 competent fluent te reo Māori teachers every year to teach in our kura kaupapa and level one Māori classes ...

Waipara mataitai reserve application, Hurunui, Canterbury
Pursuant to Regulation 17 of the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999, Te Ngāi Tū Ahuriri Rūnanga Inc. have applied for a mātaitai reserve along the coastline at the Waipara River mouth, Hurunui, Canterbury.
Proposed Waipara mātaitai reserve

A mātaitai reserve is an identified traditional fishing ground and is established for the purpose of customary food gathering.....

(Submissions closed 24/6/19)

Justice delayed on reo beatings claim
The Waitangi Tribunal has turned down a request by former Labour cabinet minister Dover Samuels for an early report on his claim over children being punished for speaking te reo Māori at school.

The claim is part of the Te Paparahi o Te Raki inquiry into Northland claims.

He wants a full Crown apology read by the Governor General at Parliament to surviving victims and for this apology to be incorporated in the preamble of the Education Act 1989......

Specialist Maaori representation planned for WDC committees
Waikato District Council is planning to introduce external specialist Maaori representatives to its principle Council Committees after the October 2019 local government elections.

Chief Executive Gavin Ion said that Council and Iwi were keen to improve the opportunity for Maaori to contribute to Council’s decision-making.

The proposed Maaori representatives would have voting and speaking rights at Committee meetings (i.e. a decision-making role).

Sort out water rights says OECD
Sorting out iwi (tribal)/Māori rights to water in order to expand water pricing or permit trading to improve water quality and allocation should be a key environmental priority for the Government says the OECD report on the NZ economy.....

Māori education hui kicks off in Ahuriri (Napier)
The hui draws around 200 NZEI Te Riu Roa members from across the education sector.

Throughout the hui, which runs until Tuesday, members will enjoy a range of sessions that will build knowledge and grow confidence.

The hui will honour local whānau for their contributions to Māori education, and will include a Mātaruanga Māori Symposium with keynotes from Mana Liz Hunkin; Mereana Pitman, Ngahiwi Tomoana; and Petera Hakiwai....

Northland Māori make push for greater representation in local government
Northland Māori are making a push for greater representation in local government renewing calls for local Māori seats.

Despite having one of the highest Māori population in the country, Northland iwi leaders say the lack of representation in the council means Māori aren’t being heard.

Some say government intervention is necessary and that may include compulsory Māori seats.....

Māori loanwords enrich Twitter
"More loanwords are being used, which could indicate acceptance of loanwords and Māori [language] in general in New Zealand society," said lead author David Trye.

A loanword is interesting because the user has chosen to use it instead of the English equivalents. "There is a reason they are using them – an individual's word choice is reflective of their identity and ideology," Trye said in an interview.....

Māori realising land aspirations through One Billion Trees
Forestry Minister Shane Jones says the Government’s One Billion Trees programme is providing important Māori to realise the potential of their land in the Bay of Plenty.

“Crown Forestry will invest $5 million into two joint ventures that will see 330 hectares of land converted to productive forests,” Shane Jones said.

“One of the core goals of the One Billion Trees Programme is supporting Māori to realise their land aspirations. This goes right to the heart of that.

“It brings Crown Forestry’s investment in the Bay of Plenty to $6.3 million and takes the total number of joint ventures in New Zealand to 25, totalling over 15, 000 hectares,” Shane Jones said.....

Mayor says iwi need more power
The head of Local Government New Zealand is blaming the country's colonial history for an over-centralisation of power.

Localism is about giving decision making power back to individuals, communities, iwi, neighbourhoods, districts and regions.....

Significant landmark for one of country’s biggest national parks
A large pou whenua has been unveiled in Kahurangi National Park at a blessing ceremony today.

Pou whenua, or land posts, are used to mark territorial boundaries and areas of significance to tangata whenua.

The review follows the addition of 64,400 hectares of land to Kahurangi from the Mokihinui River catchment area in March 2019.

“The review is a necessary step in addressing our cultural rights and interests and acknowledges the addition of land to Kahurangi National Park. The pou itself represents recognition that partnership is the way forward in terms of our relationship with The Crown and the ongoing work we’re doing together.”.....

Plans for boardwalk through ancient pōhutukawa trees on Auckland's North Shore polarising community, iwi
Plans for a boardwalk through ancient pōhutukawa trees on Auckland's North Shore are polarising the community and iwi.

Auckland Council is considering two options for a boardwalk at the northern end of Takapuna beach, with one option for it to go through the sacred pōhutukawa grove and the other stopping access and removing existing infrastructure.

The council has consulted with seven iwi, who want to block off the grove to the public.

Iwi want the boardwalk completely removed, rubbish bins taken out, and for seeds to be collected to safeguard against myrtle rust.....

Kauri tree planting celebrates completion of bridges
Mr Mutton acknowledged the contribution of local iwi, Te Uri o Hau, throughout the project.

“They prepared the Cultural Impacts Assessment and have been involved in the development of our archaeological management plan, landscape design and ongoing monitoring of key construction activities. They’ve also worked with the project team during the development of the Wahi Taonga Area (area developed along the walking and cycling shared path for the Pou and midden relocation).”

Te Uri o Hau also named the two new two lane bridges that replaced the old one lane bridges.

Piringatahi – which means “bringing together as one” – opened to traffic in April 2019. The bridge is 191 metres long and stands 15 metres above the Matakohe River. It replaces the old one-lane Hardies Bridge.

The second bridge, Te Ao Marama Hou, which effectively translates to “moving from the past into the future” spans Parerau Stream and replaces Anderson Bridge. It is 54.8m in length and opened to traffic in February.....

Victoria University of Wellington changing its name all but officially
Victoria University of Wellington has confirmed it is in the midst of a "rebrand" which would include a change to the Māori name, the logo, signage, sub-brands and the URL of the University's website.

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins said the university's approach to branding was "largely its own business".

"I have made clear previously my support for a change to the university's Māori name, and broader efforts to enhance its international reputation

The leaked information indicated a new logo, including the new Māori name – Te Herenga Waka, would be in place by the start of next year.

"Where appropriate, the first mention would use the university's full name – Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.....

Ninety Mile Beach could see car donut ban imposed for safety and to protect environment
A management plan being written for Northland's Te Oneroa-Ā-Tōhe/Ninety Mile Beach would look to ban cars "doing donuts" and other anti-social driving on the beach.

Te Oneroa-Ā-Tōhe Board chair Haami Piripi, from Te Rarawa iwi, said the plan was about bringing order to the beach.

The iwi has the same powers as local government so any agreed ban could be policed in the same way bylaws are.....

Govt funding for Treaty inquiry welcome by wāhine Māori
A lawyer representing claimants in the Waitangi Tribunal Mana Wāhine inquiry says government funding to progress it shows a willingness to find a solution to address the compounding disparity experienced by wāhine at the hands of the Crown.

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has announced $6.2 million to hire a specialist team to work alongside Te Puni Kōkiri and coordinate a government response and participation in the inquiry.

Statistics confirm that wāhine Māori continue to have poorer social, economic, educational, employment, and health outcomes, compared to Pākehā women.....

A Familiar Face In Kiwi Neighbourhoods Gets A Big Makeover
Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is bringing a fresh look to a street near you with the launch of a new logo.

The updated logo also features a koru pattern which reflects the important place of taha Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand.....

Rāhui placed on Lake Taupō after sewage spill
A rāhui is being placed on parts of Lake Taupō and the upper Waikato River following the massive sewage spill earlier this week.

The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board is imposing the rāhui from 9am, to stay in place until it's deemed appropriate to lift it.

The rāhui also restricts public access to the immediate location of the incident....

Whānau ora better positioned for at risk children
A south Taranaki iwi leader says Oranga Tamariki needs to get out of the way and hand the care and protection of tamariki Māori to whānau ora.

"Our whānau ora navigators, our whānau ora framework, is better positioned to be inside with our whānau who need more tautoko, not judging, tautoko. In order to do that we need to resource them, we need to acknowledge that they are better positioned than often the social workers that come out of the crown. So there are some obvious, easy things that could happen and the only thing in the way is the crown, that they still have this patriarchal attitude where they believe they know best for us as Māori,".....

Iwi manaaki needed for successful Matatini
The organisation is working with Auckland Council, which has delegated senior Māori executive Amokura Panoho to oversee its side of the operation.

Mr Ross says it's also counting on tribal support, such as gifts of kai to the Wellington event this year.

"We had our iwi from Wharekauri, the Chatham Islands, come together and provide half a tonne of crayfish, 1000 paua, 200kg of kina, to be able to support out kaumātua and kuia....

Hauora claim reveals treaty principles
A long time advocate for better Māori health services is describing the Waitangi Tribunal's Hauora Report as brave and out there.

He says even more critically for the next stages of this claim and others, the report identifies three new treaty principles.

"Tino Rangatiratanga as a formal Treaty of Waitangi principle; the principle of equity - we have read that in Article 3 in the past but he wanted to get out there and state it; and the principle of options. Māori have a right to partake in mainstream services and get good service, culturally competent service from mainstream services as well as the right to expect they can if they wish to go to kaupapa Māori services that are appropriately set up and funded," Dr Tipene-Leach says.....

Percentage of Māori in court rises as numbers drop
A lawyer and justice reform advocate says an initiative to keep young people out of the criminal justice system hasn't worked for Māori as well as it should.

.....changes in the way police deal with young offenders has led to a reduction in the number of young people who are prosecuted and convicted, including Māori.

But the proportion of those who are prosecuted being Māori has increased from 40 percent to 60 percent since 2016.

But they are taking steps on an existing structure that wasn't created by Māori, doesn't work for Māori and hurts Māori a lot." Ms Whaipooti says.

That's why there is a continuing call from Māori to be able to create their own system to do things their own way, and they want to resources to do that.....

'It's a cemetery not a playground': Mother is slammed for being 'disrespectful' after she was spotted eating lunch at a graveyard
The New Zealand woman was walking home with her toddler when she decided to grab a bite to eat, but after realising there were no parks nearby she opted to eat in a cemetery.

But when leaving the graveyard, the woman was approached by one of its workers who scalded her for being 'disrespectful'.

'It's a bit disrespectful, don't you think? It's a f**king cemetery not a playground,' he snapped back.

'Does he have a point? It wasn't a Māori graveyard or anything,' she asked.....

Racist concept of family driving uplifts
A group representing Māori psychologists has written an open letter calling for Children's Minister Tracey Martin to embed whānau ora principles into the way Oranga Tamariki works.

"When you've got nearly 70 percent of the children in this country being removed being Māori, it says to us we have a racist system and we have a system and a society that is imposing racist paradigms over the way whānau is conceptualised in Aotearoa," Dr Cribb-Su'a says.....

Boost for marae at the centre of communities
Marae around the country will benefit from boosted initiatives to upgrade their buildings, bolster their emergency kits and expand their work to preserve Māori culture, Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta said.

The Government has invested an extra $12 million over four years to expand the Oranga Marae programme, as it supports whānau-led development of marae.

The investment will:

* Expand the existing Oranga Marae programme for marae development

* Provide additional support for marae to be prepared for disaster and other emergency responses

* Provide support for marae environmental responses such as zero waste goals

“Marae are centres of Māori identity, language, traditional knowledge and whānau wellbeing,” Nanaia Mahuta said......

Kōrero about the future of Māori education
Some of the main points made at these wānanga included:

* Māori want tino rangatiratanga – agency and authority – over the education of Māori learners. This means there needs to be a genuine partnership approach across the education system, with leaders who believe in Māori and understand te ao Māori.

* Racism and bias continue to impact Māori learner confidence, achievement, and outcomes.

* A sense of belonging is crucial for Māori to succeed as Māori. Teaching and learning need to better reflect and foster Māori identity, culture and values in all their diversity.

* We need to engage Māori learners in the context of their whānau.

* We need to work towards a bilingual New Zealand. This requires the revitalisation and normalisation of te reo Māori.

* Education to support the holistic wellbeing of ākonga and their whānau with physically, culturally, emotionally, and spiritually safe environments

* Māori thrive in Māori Medium Education settings. Access to Māori medium pathways across sectors needs to be improved

* A workforce that is representative of and responsive to Māori. Māori staff need better support and recognition. More Māori teachers and professionals are needed, particularly in te reo Māori, learning support and social services.....

Sea Change: Government steps up process to save 'desperate' state of Hauraki Gulf as snapper, crayfish stocks in peril
Today the Government unveiled its Ministerial Advisory Committee to work over the next 12 months to help shape its response to the various proposals.

The nine-person committee included members with expertise in commercial and Māori fishing - including four mana whenua, fisheries management, environment, law and marine science.

It would be co-chaired under a co-governance model by Catherine Harland and Paul Majurey.

The Ministerial Advisory Committee includes Catherine Harland (Co-Chair), Paul Majurey (Mana Whenua Co-Chair), Volker Kuntzsch, Dr Jeremy Helson, Raewyn Peart, Dr John Montgomery, Tame Te Rangi, Dr Valmaine Toki and Liane Ngamane.....

Hauora report captures mood for change
The head of a Māori health workforce development organisation believes the Waitangi Tribunal's stage one report into the Māori healthcare claim will find fertile ground.

The tribunal found extensive breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi in the way the health reforms of the past 20 years had failed to shift the dial on Māori health inequity.

"In fact it's not just health, it's also across the other major systems that many of our whānau are having trouble in, in education, justice, and we're asking for similar things - independence and autonomy and the ability to self-determine, to make the decisions and also to fund what we know is constitutionally right for Māori to have a better life, better wellbeing in its broadest sense. We're at a time when the government can't shut it down and I don't know if they would,".....

Māori Development Ministry, Te Puni Kōkiri, accused of failing Māori and breaching Treaty
The tribunal found Te Puni Kōkiri failed to use its statutory duty to monitor the health sector on behalf of Māori and breached two Treaty principles of active protection and the duty of good governance.

"We put our faith and trust in the organisation to protect our interests and to value Māori lives especially in health. If it's failed, then it's not good enough."

Wall said the tribunal's findings put the Crown on notice that it could no longer just talk about improving the social position of Māori, it had to take real action.....

Open letter: Oranga Tamariki social workers in 'terrible, almost untenable position
We don't remove children because we are targeting Māori or the poor; we remove children because they are being seriously harmed or in serious danger of being harmed.

Kids can't be taken into care on the whim of a social worker. There are assessments, investigations, case consults, whanau consultation, and, if the child is still not safe, a detailed sworn affidavit, a court-ordered custody order and the managed removal of a child.

Oranga Tamariki social workers are social workers for children and young people, not for their parents. We are required by law to put the child's wellbeing first.

Every "uplift" is followed by a court plan. In most cases, parents are given clear goals, and the time and the resources to make the necessary changes, if that's what they want. I'm afraid that the reality is some parents are not willing or able to take the steps needed to offer a safe home for their child.....

Call for calm after allegations of 'Hapu Hoodlums' in Ōpōtiki
Iwi leaders have called for calm in the wake of allegations of standover tactics in Ōpōtiki to take money from beekeepers and gravel contractors.

Chair of Ngai Tamahaua Hapu Peter Selwyn said they were "concerned and dismayed" by allegations of sabotage of contractors' equipment.

"We alerted authorities earlier this year to a problem, but we took preventive legal action to suppress that possibility on the Otara," Selwyn said.

"It's been going on for some years and a person of interest has been doing it for even longer."....

Crown Admits Institutional Racism Exists in Health System
Crown witnesses acknowledged under cross-examination that institutional racism exists and is unaceptable in the Health system. “This, along with personal racism and stereotying, is a signifiacnt barrier to giving effect the the meaning of the Treaty and its principles” the report reads.

The Tribunal has also recommended that the Crown conduct an urgent and thorough review of funding for primary health care, to better align it with the aim of achieveing equitable health outcomes for Maori.....

Talks underway to secure future funding for iwi community panels
Talks are underway to secure funding for an initiative which aims to cut Māori offending rates.

Te Pae Oranga, or iwi community panels, have been running at selected sites across New Zealand since December 2017 but the funding for it ceases at the end of the month.

In a written statement, a police media spokesperson confirmed the agency was allocated money over two years, as part of the 2017 Budget, to test the effectiveness of the panels.

There are currently 15 panels in operation nationwide, including in Christchurch, South Auckland, Wairarapa, Northland, Rotorua, Gisborne and Lower Hutt.

Talks were also underway to get long-term funding for the panels currently in operation and also money which would allow for the expansion of the programme as part of the Budget 2020 process.

Big changes for Oranga Tamariki come into effect
Oranga Tamariki is set to see the biggest shake-up since its inception in 2017, as The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Legislation Act comes into full force today.

Under the law, the ministry must provide a practical commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and offer support to young adults leaving state care until their 25th birthday.

One of the most significant changes coming into force today is that Oranga Tamariki must provide a practical commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

It's the first time in New Zealand's history that the Treaty has been mentioned in legislation relating to children......

New Te Māngai Paho funding aimed at rangatahi - Mahuta
The Minister for Māori Development, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta this evening announced funding that will allow Te Māngai Pāho to commission new and innovative digital media content.

This new media material will be for te reo Māori broadcasts and on line platforms in a partnership with the wider Māori media sector. The new funding will help to broaden te reo Māori content for learners at all levels.

"The $14 million that we will invest in Te Māngai Pāho will support our implementation of the Maihi Karauna and our goal of achieving a million people speaking basic te reo by 2040.....

Call for street names honouring colonial officers who led attacks on Māori to be changed - 'We’re surrounded by terrorists'
Parts of New Zealand are seeing pushes to remove the names of historical colonial leaders from towns and street names.

Street names around the country commemorate colonial officers, settlers on Māori land and volunteer militia.

In Southern Taranaki, Potanga Neilson of Ngai te Rangi says he is reminded daily of the assault on his iwi.

"As far as I’m concerned, we’re surrounded by terrorists, their names are memorialised on all of our towns and streets."...

Māori high flyers added to Teaching Council
High flying Taranaki school principal Nicola Ngarewa has been appointed to chair the new board of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The council, which has a mix of elected and appointed members, replaced the ministerially-appointed Teaching Council.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the elected and appointed members together have a wealth of education experience, including in Māori medium education......

Changes to the State Sector Act 1988
Te Ao Tūmatanui - Strengthening the Māori /Crown relationship

The changes will support:

* engagement, participation of and partnership with Māori

* delivering services that are responsive, accessible and work for Māori and whānau

* improving workforce composition and capability

* collective responsibility for a culturally competent Public Service that delivers with and for Māori

* Māori are supported in leadership and decision-making roles

* recognising the responsibility of the Public Service – including Crown Agents – to enable/support the Crown to fulfil its responsibilities under the Treaty.....

Waitangi Tribunal says Crown has breached Treaty of Waitangi by failing to close gap between Māori and non-Māori health
The Crown has been told to set up a stand-alone Maori health agency and consider compensation for failing to improve Maori health over the last 20 years.

The Waitangi Tribunal said in a report released today that the Crown had breached the Treaty of Waitangi by failing to set up and run the primary health system in a way that reduced the gap between Maori and non-Maori health outcomes.

The tribunal - which investigates any Government actions or laws which could break Treaty promises - made two key recommendations. It said the Crown should consider the establishment of a Māori primary health authority which would control and monitor Māori health-related spending and policy, and also consider compensation for underfunding of Māori health providers over the last 20 years.....

Māori Dames and Sirs take aim at Oranga Tamariki
Highly respected Māori leaders have joined social provider Whānau Ora to announce an investigation into Oranga Tamariki.

From Monday, new legislation forces the Ministry to partner up with iwi and Māori organisations while committing to the Treaty of Waitangi and devolving resources.
So far Oranga Tamariki has managed to partner up with three iwi, including Ngāpuhi, Waikato and Ngāi Tahu. When asked if progress was fast enough, Minister for Oranga Tamariki Tracey Martin said they could always do better.

Whānau Ora’s Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait has said Oranga Tamariki operates with a lack of tikanga knowledge. She added they operate in a way seen to be targeting young Māori mothers in particular.....

Gap between Māori and non-Māori youth arrests continues to grow
New figures show the gap between rangatahi Māori and non-Māori being arrested continues to widen.

The statistics show the total number of youth arrests has fallen, however Māori under 18 year olds now make up a larger proportion of those taken into police custody.

In 2018, of the more than 11,000 young people arrested, more than 66 percent were Māori.

In 2011 it was just under 40 percent.

Justice advisor Julia Whaipooti said it meant the system changes were not working for Māori......

Mahitahi takes fresh look at health in Te Taitokerau
A new primary healthcare organisation is set to change the way healthcare is delivered in the north.

It launched on Friday at the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi signalled its intention to give practical effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

That includes partnerships within the health system and outside.

Mahitahi Hauora will start with about 80 direct employees and allocate $62 million a year to 42 practices.....

Māori culture thrives at CHS
A group of students were working to promote Māori culture at Cambridge High School last week. Te Wiki o tea o Māori was a week-long celebration of te reo and Māori culture organised by the Year 12 and 13 student committee Te Hunga Tai Kākā, which ran activities and events each day at lunch time.

“This event ties in with Matariki, but throughout the year we’re working to promote Māori culture within the school, with both junior and senior students, we’re getting everyone involved,” student organiser Sirtori Eade explained.......